United States should lead the way in cutting emissions
The Western New York Climate Action Coalition has collected 1,700 petitions requesting Sens. Hillary Clinton and Charles Schumer to co-sponsor the Sanders-Boxer bill because it establishes the necessary reduction in global warming pollution to 80 percent below 1990 levels. So far, this has been the only bill that requires the pollution reduction needed to curb global warming. Clinton has co-sponsored the bill, however, Schumer has not.
Schumer tells us that he is concerned about global warming, but feels that the bill does not require enough involvement from India and China. The United States is the largest contributor of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. Therefore, I believe it has the greatest responsibility to cut emissions in any way possible.
We have an obligation to be a leader by taking on the tough role of making the necessary cuts in fossil fuel production, conserving energy and investing in clean energy such as solar, wind and other innovative technologies. By assuming this role, we would strengthen our economy, increase jobs and build a future for our children. We do not have the luxury of time to waste and we must lead by example. No less than the future of our planet is at stake.
Norway is an example for other countries
In his letter in support of the vote of Reps. Tom Reynolds and Randy Kuhl to sustain the Bush veto of the State Children's Health Insurance Program, the writer made reference to socialist Norway. I do not understand the reason for the writer to use Norway as a negative example. He also made an error in the rate of income tax. My most recent data show that individual income tax rates in Norway range from 28 percent to 55 percent, not 78 percent as stated by the writer.
Socialism is probably not the answer to problems in the United States, but it has proved successful in a number of countries. Norway is such an example. It is rated first in the world on the human development index. This index is based on life expectancy, literacy, education standards and standard of living. The violent crime rate is less than 20 percent of the U.S. rate, with a corresponding low level of corruption. The health care system is rated 11th in the world compared with the United States at 37th.
Of particular significance, Norway has the second-highest GDP per capita in the industrial world. In almost all world indexes that relate to a good life for the citizens, Norway rates considerably higher than the United States.
Weather museum site will use green energy
In response to the Oct. 27 letter titled, "Forget weather museum, put spotlight on energy," it is important to note the steps that are being taken in the creation of a Weather Discovery Center that speak directly to the author's concerns.
At the very first meeting of the Buffalo Weather Discovery Center Steering Committee, it became evident that designing the weather center as a green facility would be of highest priority. In the process of site selection and design, great focus is being placed on the ability to tap into alternative forms of energy such as wind, solar and geothermic power -- not only for the applicability of powering the center, but to showcase their importance to our future through highlighting the impact of energy decisions on the global climate.
It is the committee's hope that through embracing the nation's preconceived notion of Buffalo's relationship with weather through the development of a state-of-the-art Weather Discovery Center, we can continue to grow our region's status as a national leader in alternative energy utilization. On behalf of my colleagues on the committee, I invite the writer to engage with us in this greater effort.
Chief Meteorologist, WIVB-TV
Dog park at LaSalle should be repeated
I was very interested and happy to hear of the dog park opening in LaSalle Park. I am not a dog owner, but my son has two large dogs that require large spaces to exercise.
I recently visited my first dog park in Florida and I was really impressed. "Happy Tails" had double gates at the entrance and also at the entrances of the two separate yards -- one for small dogs and one for large dogs. Each yard had a walking track around the perimeter of grass, as well as small shelters for shade and shelter from the elements, garbage cans and large, standing PVC pipes with holes in them to stuff plastic bags inside for pooper-scoopers. The common area at the entrance had drinking fountains and a hose to hose down hot or dirty pups.
The atmosphere was really nice, like a playground, where dogs as well as pet owners can socialize. I hope more communities will designate areas like this.
Part of Demler's charm is her sunny attitude
I was angered and appalled by the unkind criticisms of Maryalice Demler expressed by Alan Pergament in his article about Channel 2 News. Shame on him for assailing a woman whose journalistic style is, in my opinion, above reproach. Demler strikes a perfect balance between reporting and commenting. Pergament's chief objection to her seems to be about her being good natured and positive. Is it so terrible that she is nice? Does she have to hide the fact that she is a good person?
There is so much darkness in the news. Demler provides a very needed and welcome lightness to offset it. She should be praised for that instead of criticized. The greatest news reporters of the past were judged and valued as much for their warmth and humanity as for their job expertise and acumen. Has journalism regressed so much that we have lost sight of sincerity and high mindedness?
Writer's strike may get people to turn off TVs
A full-blown strike by the writers of Hollywood can only be seen as something positive. Perhaps if syndicated television is sent into perpetual reruns, people will finally have a good enough reason to turn off their TVs.
Although the strike stems from an unfair distribution of new media royalties tied in with DVDs and Internet streaming, the money that is already involved in television advertising can only be qualified as ridiculous. The copious amounts of funds raised to afford such advertising for even the smallest local political campaign serve as a prime example.
Hopefully this strike will be long and drawn out, providing a window of opportunity to help us break our current TV addiction.